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Why do cats wag their tails?

Did you know that specific movements of a cat’s tail communicate different things? Dr. Aliya McCullough, vet and pet health advocate, shares six ways cats express themselves with their tail.

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Types of cysts and bumps on dogs

Did you find a lump or bump on your dog? Fetch by The Dodo's on-staff vet Dr. Aliya McCullough explains different types of growths and how to gauge their severity.

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Can dogs eat sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are a delicious treat for your pup, but keep in mind you should serve them cooked and plain. No sweet potato fries, pies or chips for your dog.

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Can dogs eat bell peppers?

Bell peppers can be a healthy treat for your dog, but you need to be careful about any harmful seasonings.

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How to spot metabolic diseases in dogs

Many metabolic diseases can affect your pup’s way of life, here are some common diseases and how to spot them.

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Is it OK for dogs to eat birdseed?

With these tips, you can keep your pup safe around birdseed.

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Can your tone of voice affect your dog’s training?

Dogs know more than you may realize, and the tone of voice you use to train your dog can affect if they take you seriously.

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How to spot muscular hypertonicity in dogs

This uncommon condition can cause your pet to become stiff or collapse after exercise. Here’s how to know if your dog has muscular hypertonicity.

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Here's how honey can help dogs with allergies and more

If you’re looking for a simple way to help ease your dog’s seasonal allergies, you may only have to make a trip to your farmer’s market for some local honey or bee pollen.

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This is why dogs eat poop and how to stop them

You’ve probably caught your dog eating poop — whether their own or someone else’s. Here’s how to stop this common habit.

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How to detect and treat scoliosis in cats

In most cases, scoliosis in cats is congenital, meaning they’re born with it. If you suspect your cat may have an abnormally shaped spine, here’s what you need to know.

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Here’s what to do when your dog has a fever

If you think your dog may have a fever, it’s important to help them cool down. Here’s what you can do to cool them down and when to contact your vet.

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Tips for keeping your dog safe when coexisting with coyotes

Coyotes can adapt and thrive in most environments (including urban areas). So it’s essential to know how to protect your pup against coyote attacks.

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How to know if your dog has pneumonia

Dogs can get common illnesses like colds and pneumonia just like humans, but don’t worry. You can’t give your dog pneumonia, and they can’t give it to you.

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Can dogs eat ice cream?

If you want to serve your dog ice cream, it’s essential to read the ingredients and avoid certain flavors.

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How to spot and prevent heatstroke in dogs

To guarantee a safe and fun summer with your pup, it’s important to know how to spot the symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

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The truth about ascites in dogs

Ascites, which is a particular kind of bloat in dogs, is a symptom of several underlying conditions. Here’s how to help your pup.

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Trismus: why dogs and cats get lockjaw

Lockjaw, or trismus, is often a symptom of tetanus, but there are other underlying causes as well. Pet parents should look out for possible symptoms, and know when to reach out to their vet.

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Can dogs eat ham?

Ham isn’t the best snack for your dog. Even a small amount of ham could cause gas and other abdominal discomfort.

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Hypoglycemia in cats and what it means for blood sugar levels

If your cat suddenly seems more sleepy and less playful than usual, they may be experiencing low blood sugar. It’s important to get them to the vet right away to diagnose possible underlying causes.

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Can dogs eat honey?

Honey is packed full of sugar, so consumption should be limited, but it’s also a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

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How to detect and treat scoliosis in dogs

Dogs with scoliosis may suffer from back pain. Luckily, this condition is rare, and most dogs with scoliosis don’t need a treatment plan.

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Can dogs eat chocolate?

Chocolate is one of the foods most infamously off-limit for dogs for a reason.

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Here’s what to give cats for diarrhea

It’s never fun to deal with cat diarrhea. When your cat’s stomach is causing problems, this is what you can give them to help stop their diarrhea.


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